Ruby Fry
Ruby fry
Portrayed by Elizabeth Berrington
First Appearance Series 5 Ep 01
Last Appearance Series 6 Ep 20
Cause/Reason Left School to become a Book Author
Occupation Head of Food Technology
Spouse(s) John Fry

Ruby Fry joined Waterloo Road as a Teacher of Food Technology, when the school merged with John Foster’s. Whilst Ruby showed she was passionate about food and cooking she was also quick to demonstrate her snobbery by looking down her nose at Waterloo Road pupils and staff alike.

In Series 5 Episode 5, Ruby is shown to be returning home after forgetting some ingredients for her meal that she is preparing for the parents day visits of both the Waterloo Road and John Fosters Parents. Arriving home, the Fry's house is on one of the most expensive yet beautiful estates in Rochdale. Arriving home in a Taxi, she finds her husband John's car in the driveway. Unknown to Ruby, the family business had gone into receivership two weeks prior after the market collapsed. At the sound of the doorbell, and her husband being home from work earlier, Mrs Fry put two and two together and came out with six. In shock, Ruby opens the door to what she thinks is John's mistress, but is infact the bailiffs.

Through out Series 5 Ruby really struggles to keep on the good side of Rachel Mason including making a move on Rachel's new fiance Adam, as all her projects seem to go down the pan somehow. She is also on the 'pills' during Series 5 and her husband John files for divorce during this series. She also struggles with money issues. In Series 6 Ruby warmed to the school and even brash secretary Janeece Bryant when she was in the process of adopting Janeece’s unborn child. After Cheryl was born, Janeece changed her mind and whilst Ruby respected her wishes she took the loss hard.

Ruby resigned in Series 6 episode 20, after publishing a book that received some positive attention.


  • Ruby: "She practically had Grantly in tears with her flute solo!" Chris: "What did she do, poke you in the eye with it?"